Voice training - Why is it important for Public Speaking

Voice Training and 5 Surprising Public Speaking Statistics

Why is voice training important for public speaking success? Let me tell you Kevin’s story: Kevin, who is an accomplished international speaker, tells this story about one of the first presentations he ever gave. He was demonstrating a new computer program to a large audience of scientists and was up on stage, feeling somewhat nervous, when the computer crashed and …

English Pronunciation- VIDEO Lesson- How to say 'wor' words correctly

VIDEO- How to Say ‘wor’ Words- Don’t say walk for work

English Pronunciation – How to Say ‘wor’ Words Correctly   Often students can become quite confused about how to pronounce words spelled with ‘wor’, and especially the word ‘work.’ Because of the ‘or’, they often say ‘walk’ for ‘work.’ Check out this training video and find out about the ‘wor’ rule. ‘Wor’ Words work worst worth word worm worse Exceptions …

3 Public Speaking Tips- Easy and effective

3 Public Speaking Tips- Easy and Effective

I’d like to share 3 great public speaking tips that you can use to increase your confidence, and have your words ‘land well’. You can use these tips whether you’re speaking in a meeting or presenting to a whole lot of people. Public Speaking Tip 1- Have Your Words Land Well Try this exercise from our Voice Training course. Use …

Video- Speak English Naturally -pronounce tle correctly

Speak English Naturally- tle words- VIDEO

Speak English Naturally – tle words   Pronounce Words Ending in ‘tle’ Confidently   Words bottle little settle metal (not spelt the same but said the same- there’s the very short schwa between T and L) subtle what’ll ( what’ll you do)  3 sentences with these words. What’ll you do with the bottle? The little battle was in the settlement. …

English accent audio training- words with a silent 'w'

English Audio Training -Words With a Silent ‘w’

It can be a bit embarrassing when you realise you’ve pronounced a letter in a word that is meant to be silent! To help you master your English accent, this time we’ll focus on words with a silent /w/ in them. English Audio Training Lesson   Don’t Pronounce the ‘w’ in these words There are lots of words in English …

English Accent Reduction- Speak Naturally with Juncture

English Accent Reduction- Use Speech Juncture To Sound Natural

Juncture is another element of intonation in English speech, and so is important for English accent reduction. As you will see from the examples below, it’s really important because if you don’t use it properly the meaning of what you are saying changes. Juncture is a kind of transition and pause between utterances or within an utterance. It’s a combination of …

Audio training- English words spelled differently but said the same

English words spelled (spelt) differently but said the same

As you study English, you come across many English words that are spelled differently, but said the same. These are English homophones. In this blog, I’m not going to go through them all – there are too many!! But, what I would like to do is go through some common homophones that students of English can often get confused. I …

Neutralise Your Accent-Words With Invisible Syllables

Neutralize Your Accent-Words With Invisible Syllables

Words with ‘invisible syllables’ can be tricky to pronounce because what you see isn’t what you say! Words with invisible syllables, means words where we don’t say one of the syllables in a word written with 3 or more syllables. A word in English can be broken down into letters, and also syllables. It’s important to know which syllables are …

English Accent Tip- How to say ts and ds words- seats-seeds

English Accent Tip- How to say ts and ds words- seats-seeds

In this audio lesson we’ll practise how to say words that are the same except for ‘ts’ or ‘ds’ at the end.  English Accent Tip 1 If the word ends in ‘ds’ (said ‘dz’), the vowel before it is said slightly longer, and has an up down quality to it.  English Accent Tip 2 When you practise saying words together …

English Accent -The 2 Sounds The 'ow' Diphthong Can Make

English Accent -The 2 Sounds The ‘ow’ Diphthong Can Make

English Accent -The 2 sounds the ‘ow’ diphthong can make   The most common sound the ‘ow’ diphthong says is ‘ow’ as in ‘cow’. The second most common sound it makes is ‘oe’ (as in toe).  The ‘ow’ mostly says ‘oe’ if it is at the end of a word. In this lesson we’re going to concentrate on words that …